2:26pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
Chris Brown CDs Labeled With 'This Man Beats Women' Warning Stickers
There's nothing out of the ordinary about an explicit lyrics advisory on a Chris Brown record.
But shoppers at HMV record stores in London found the singer's latest CD Fortune covered in a very different kind of warning label, as first reported by Gigwise. Thought to be the work of anonymous anti-domestic violence activists, the yellow stickers read, "Warning: Do NOT buy this album! This man beats women."
Brown has been dodging those kinds of allegations since the 2009 incident in which the singer beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammys ceremony. The two have made several shows of reconciliation lately, including a public kiss and embrace at the MTV VIdeo Music Awards.
But the unveiling of Brown's new neck tattoo has left many people wondering what the singer could have been thinking. The image looks like that of a battered woman's face -- though a rep for Brown says the image is actually that of a Mexican sugar skull, a Day of the Dead symbol the singer found in a Mac cosmetics ad and asked a tattoo artist to recreate.
It's unclear if this latest controversy is at all connected to the warning labels that surfaced at HMV.
Brown appeared at the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles recently, a non-profit group that specializes in domestic violence intervention and prevention, where he was photographed handing out ice cream to young victims of domestic abuse.